By Elizabeth KadarApr 18, 2023
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Nesting mode, activated. While your little one may spend the first few months catching some Zzs (or, you know, not sleeping!) in a bassinet, you’ll likely want to have their room or corner of yours ready to go for when it’s time to transition them to a crib—typically around 4 to 6 months.
The best baby cribs not only meet the American Academy of Pediatrics standards for safety, but fit in with your overall design aesthetic, floorplan and family plans for the future. They even double as toddler mattresses down the road.
So you can finally cross one more thing off your newborn checklist, we talked to the pros to discover what cribs should make the cut. Read on to add these winners to your baby registry.
The good news is, all cribs sold today are required to meet strict safety standards so unless your mom is trying to guilt you into using your old drop-down crib from the 80s (hard pass), you should be good to go. There are definitely lots of nice-to-haves and lifestyle considerations to keep in mind when choosing the best baby cribs for your family though. Below, we break it down:
This eco-conscious, Amazon-fave Babyletto crib earns the top spot on our list, thanks to over two thousand rave reviews by real parents and a premium 4.8-star rating. It’s made of solid, sustainably-sourced New Zealand pine wood and features four adjustable mattress heights, which your back will certainly thank you for. It's one of the sharpest-looking modern cribs and instantly turns ho-hum nurseries into magazine-worthy displays.
Perhaps best of all, it comes with the toddler conversion kit so that’s one less thing you have to purchase when it’s time to transition to a big kid bed. It’s also GREENGUARD Gold certified so you can sleep soundly knowing your little one isn’t breathing in any toxic chemicals. Reviewers love that it’s easy to put together, very well made and the modern, mid-century design looks gorgeous in the nursery.
Babies are expensive so if you can find a crib that’s as easy on the eyes as it is your bank account, you’ve basically won the baby gear lottery. This dreamy Bellport 4–in-1 convertible crib is our favorite affordable option and scores major points for its ability to grow with your child—from the newborn stage as a mini crib, well into the big kid years when it turns into a twin-size or daybed.
It’s great if your babe’s nursery is on the smaller side, you’re room sharing or moving the little one in with a big sibling. It also comes with a mattress pad to protect their actual crib mattress—you know, when the inevitable middle-of-the-night diaper blowout happens. One taller side means more longevity too, once your toddler starts trying to climb out, which they will.
There are three different mattress height settings to choose from, and the entire crib is made of durable, sustainable and renewable New Zealand pinewood. Plus, there’s a modern color to suit every aesthetic and nursery theme.
Worth the price tag! Oeuf is a go-to amongst interior designers, who love the simplicity, clean lines and sustainability of the cult-fave furniture (and kidswear) brand—that undoubtedly makes a nursery. The Sparrow Crib spares no expense when it comes to design, constructed of solid birch and Baltic birch plywood and sustainably made in Europe to last generations (or just to pass down to multiple kiddos).
It’s GREENGUARD gold certified so you know your little one is breathing the best air and also uses non-toxic, water-based finishes. Its low profile footprint makes it a great space saver in the nursery too. Sparrow features three adjustable mattress height positions, but you will need to purchase the toddler conversion kit if you want to turn it into a big kid bed down the road.
The traveling sleep solution you’ve been looking for, whether you’re headed across town to grandma’s or catching a cross-country flight. The Lotus is one of the best baby cribs for portability. It's super lightweight, weighing in at only 15 pounds, and folds up compact to fit in a backpack for hassle-free carrying at the airport and beyond.
Set up takes 15 seconds or less, which is clutch when you’re dealing with a cranky, overtired baby coming off a long day of travel. Quick setup also got it a top spot on our list of the best travel cribs.
When baby’s not snoozing, the Lotus doubles as the perfect play yard so you can contain them in a safe space while you shower or open the side zipper door and let them explore. Just make sure you're using a comfortable and easy-to-clean fitted sheet.
The Lotus features breathable mesh sides so you can always see baby and is the only GREENGUARD Gold Certified travel crib on the market, earning it loads of bonus points. Over 2K positive reviews and an average 4.8 (out of 5) star rating speaks for itself.
A game changer, literally. This quality, Delta convertible crib comes with a super convenient changing station, including a changing pad with a safety strap attached, plus plenty of storage space for stashing diapers, wipes, burp cloths and all the baby essentials—all within arm’s reach.
Parents will that it’s built for the long run too, turning into a toddler bed, daybed and even a full-size bed that feels timeless and doesn’t look childish whatsoever. It's one of the most practical cribs for babies and a cinch to assemble.
For the price, you really can’t beat the quality and versatility of this classic 4-in-1 convertible crib from the award-winning brand Storkcraft. It’s designed to cater to your baby at every single stage, from birth—with three adjustable mattress height settings—through toddlerhood (hello, toddler bed) and all the way up until they graduate.
When you're ready, it turns from a full-size crib into a daybed or full-size bed. It comes in three neutral colors (white, espresso and gray) to go with any nursery theme.
A clear winner. Acrylic cribs are all the rage right now—seriously, they’re everywhere—and bonus: you can easily view your little one right through the rails. The Sloane 4-in-1 Acrylic Convertible Crib gets the parent seal of approval, thanks to its good looks, ease of assembly and ability to grow with your kid from baby to preschooler.
Unlike many of the best baby cribs, Sloane comes with the conversion rail included (major!) and turns into a mini sofa too so you get lots of life out of her. You can purchase a matching dresser to complete the nursery and rest easy knowing the crib is finished with non-toxic paint that’s lead and phthalate safe—perfect for when your babe gets teeth and inevitably starts gnawing on the crib railings.
Mini cribs for your mini-me(s)! Stokke may be most well known for their beloved Tripp Trapp chair, but the Stokke Sleepi Mini Crib also lives up to the hype. It’s great for twins (and multiples) thanks to its small, space-saving size and portability—it comes with lockable swivel wheels so you can easily move it from room to room.
The best part is you won’t have to invest in a bassinet, which can be pricey when you’re purchasing for two or more, as this tiny bed grows with them from the newborn stage until they’re five years old.
While it’s on the expensive side, the quality is unparalleled and a firm, breathable mattress made of 3D mesh is also included so you’ll save some money there. The design is timeless too so it won’t go out of style in a few years.
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